One of the most important figures of the 16th century, Desiderius Erasmus was a leading reformist and Renaissance humanist. Through his works and letters, Erasmus championed that true religion was a matter of inward devotion rather than outward symbols of ceremony and ritual, and sought to reform aspects of the Church from within. His works showed an astonishing intelligence, razor-sharp wit, and an authentic love for God and humanity. Soon after publication, his works were translated and read all over Europe.
Murray's fascinating work traces with great skill the development in the views of these two sixteenth century figures, their influence upon each other, and the inevitable rupture between them.
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No work on the Reformation published in the English language during recent years approaches in importance Dr. Murray's monumental Erasmus and Luther.
—Contemporary Review, 1920
To read Erasmus is to grow in wisdom.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society